I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. As a scholar of race, racialization, and racial formation, as well as human relations to/with environment and nonhuman nature, much of my work is situated at the intersection of both. I'm particularly interested in how socially constructed difference (race, class, gender, nationality, etc.) patterns how human individuals and collectives relate to their environments, land, and nonhuman nature.
My M.A. thesis examined the mechanisms of primitive accumulation and land dispossession amongst the Narragansett Indians, and the inequality it produced, in the context of British colonialism and later state formation. My dissertation analyzes slavery and dispossession, in colonial Rhode Island, as dual processes that patterned human relations to the environs based on racialized understandings of African slaves and indigenous Americans. This project seeks to contextualize attention to environmental inequality and injustice within a broader theoretical and historical framework.
My work has been published in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Environmental Justice, Humanity and Society, and Class, Race, and Corporate Power. To reach broader audiences, I've also co-authored several Op-Eds for various publications, in addition to a policy briefing published by Adaptation Watch.
I received my B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Diego, where I also studied Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies. In 2014, I received my M.A. in Sociology from Brown University.
I was born in Reno, NV, but have spent most of my years between California and Rhode Island.
I am an admirer of: Buddhist philosophy, the music of Ibeyi, Lost in the Trees, Kendrick Lamar, Milo, and Frank Ocean, the films of Adam Curtis and Barry Jenkins, vegetarian cuisine, writing, capoeira, and meditation.
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